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Fifty-two tombs represent different areas of the Verdun battlefield and are housed in the 137 meter long cloister. The remains of 130,000 are entombed in the ossuary. The ossuary was the idea of the Bishop of Verdun who raised funds from around the nation and the world. Around the outside walls of the ossuary are the coats of arms of the cities which gave money. The 46 meter tall tower provides views of the Verdun battlefields and the cemetery below. The tower is roughly shaped like an artillery shell. The French national cemetery contains 15,000 graves and in the center is a very large flag pole with a French flag. On the outside rear of the ossuary are small windows that are near ground level; inside these windows can be seen the bleached bone remains of some of the 130,000 who are interred within the ossuary. Lights brighten and dim inside so that the remains can be seen.
Verdun Douaumont Site

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